Archives for the category: 3D printed food

December 20, 2014

Hershey creates a mouth-watering printer

452253-hershey-3d-printed-chocolate-credit-hershey.jpg Hershey Co. has announced the debut of its 3-D Chocolate Candy Printing exhibit at Hershey’s Chocolate World in Hershey, Pa. Consumers who visit the store will have the opportunity to interact with Hershey scientists and the breakthrough technology. [via Retailing Today]

quotemarksright.jpgWe are now using 3-D technology to bring Hershey goodness to consumers in unanticipated and exciting ways,” said Will Papa, chief research and development officer at the Hershey Co. “3-D printing gives consumers nearly endless possibilities for personalizing their chocolate, and our exhibit will be their first chance to see 3-D chocolate candy printing in action.”

Visitors to Hershey’s Chocolate World will have the opportunity to witness live 3-D printing, see examples of finished products, interact with a library of 3-D graphics pre-loaded on iPads and be scanned to see what they would look like as a piece of 3-D chocolate.

The company says the 3-D chocolate printer on display at Hershey’s Chocolate World is the most advanced model in operation today.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read more. Image from related article in PC Magazine.

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August 21, 2014

Barilla Launches 3D Printed Pasta Contest to Find Their Next Product

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Pas manufacturer Barilla launched a competition, called ‘Print eat‘, seeking designs for a 3D printable new pasta shape. 3DPrint.com reports.

quotemarksright.jpgTo do this, they are asking designers around the globe to create a 3D model of a new pasta shape which can be 3D printed out as a prototype. The company will then use this prototype to mass produce the winning design as their new pasta shape. There is one catch however, and that is the design must be something that traditional manufacturing techniques would not have been able to achieve prior to the advent of 3D printing/additive manufacturing.

... The contest will run for 60 days, from August 20th to October 20th, and upon its completion, judges will choose the winning designs based on innovation, presentation, technical skills, briefness, and creativity.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article for entry details.

Previously: - 3D Printing Food May Come To Restaurants Soon If Pasta Leader Barilla Has Its Way

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July 18, 2014

MIT students make 3D-printed ice cream

If your ice cream could look like anything in the world, what would you choose? A new machine could 3D print your ice cream in 15 minutes. The Guardian reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThree students from MIT have hacked together a 3D printer that can produce edible Mr Whippy-style ice cream in any shape.

Kyle Hounsell, Kristine Bunker and David Donghyun Kim developed the contraption – a modified version of an existing 3D printer connected to a “soft serve” ice-cream machine – as part of a graduate project in MIT’s additive manufacturing department.

The students built a cooling system using liquid nitrogen to fix the ice cream in place as it was squirted out of the 3D printer’s nozzle into the desired shape. The instant cooling allowed the printer to build up the ice cream layers just as a traditional extrusion-based 3D printer squirts down layers of plastic.

“The main reason we feel an ice cream 3D printer is an important addition to current additive manufacturing technology is that it interests children,” the MIT students explained.

The students had to balance the accuracy and printing resolution of the printer to enable interesting shapes and creations with the speed of printing, as no one wants to wait 30 minutes for their ice cream to appear.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

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May 29, 2014

German Nursing Homes Turn to 3D-Printed Food for Easy Eating

740319.jpg Biozoon, the company behind Smoothfood caters to old age homes by filling cartridges of a 3-D printer with liquefied veggies, meat and carbs.

quotemarksright.jpgCreated for senior citizens in old folks’ homes, the meals are made from fresh ingredients—asparagus, meat, potatoes—which are then puréed for patients who have difficulties chewing and swallowing. Instead of making the meals in nursing home kitchens, they’re custom made off-site in a printing plant in a Dutch city called Nijmegen, ordered through a QR code, and served on plastic plates. Typically, these meals would be hard to digest for people with dysphagiaquotesmarksleft.jpg

The Escapist via Munchies.

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May 24, 2014

3D printer creates fruit you can eat

01227387 - 250x240.jpg Cambridge design company Dovetailed is today launching its 3D fruit printer, creating ‘fruit’ you can eat. [via Cambridge News]

quotemarksright.jpgThe company, which is working with Microsoft in Cambridge, says it takes just seconds to print an apple or a pear, or any other type of fruit.

The printer uses a molecular-gastronomy technique called spherification. It combines individual liquid droplets with different flavours into a fruit shape.

It is aimed at chefs, foodies and anyone interested in making creative dining experiences. No specialist knowledge of cuisine or molecular-gastronomy is required, and, the fruit produced is all organic.

The 3D fruit printer gets its first outing today at Tech Food Hack – an experimental dining hackathon event in Cambridge.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read more.

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May 23, 2014

New version of the Pancake Bot, a 3D Printer that makes pancakes

In 2010, Norway-based dad and breakfast food enthusiast Miguel Valenzuela built a lego pancake printer for his daughters. [via C/net]

quotemarksright.jpgThe original video of Valenzuela's first version of the PancakeBot went viral, which just encouraged him to continue tinkering with the design to improve it further.

Valenzuela recently designed the new PancakeBot made from stepper motors, Arduino controllers, and clear acrylic. The improved PancakeBot can be programmed to draw out any pancake design including that of the Eiffel Tower.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

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April 18, 2014

Nokia's 3D printed 'Chokia' logo for Easter

Nokia has combined 3D printing and Easter to create a new, sweet rendering of its logo. [via C/net]

quotemarksright.jpgThe company on Thursday published a YouTube video showing how it used software to render a 3D version of its logo, which was then transmitted to a 3D printer. The 3D printer was outfitted with liquid chocolate and created what the company is calling "#Chokia."quotesmarksleft.jpg

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March 26, 2014

3-D Printers and the future of candy

chefjet_full-color_sugar_3D-Printer1.jpg According to online trade paper CandyIndustry, it’s not ‘if’ but ’when’ 3-D printers will start to make a difference in the food industry.

quotemarksright.jpg3D Systems, one of the largest makers of 3-D printers, at at SXSW was handing out colorful, sculptural candy printed by the company’s line of “ChefJet” printers,” reports the Wall Street Journal. “The printers use sugar, water and alcohol as the building blocks for its candy, which taste sugary and fruity.”

And that’s just the beginning of what 3D Systems is hoping to do with candy. The company also recently announced a multi-year partnership with Hershey, although the two companies have yet to show off any of their combined efforts.

... The machine, which will be commercially available, is called the ChefJet, with the line starting at $5,000 and expected availability in the second half of this year.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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February 8, 2014

3D Printing Company Makes Edible Cricket and Dung Beetle 'Treats'

78021490.jpg A Portuguese designer, Susan Soares, is using 3D printing technology to make insects more palatable. TIME reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThere is a wholly rational argument for eating creepy-crawlies. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization believes bug eating is the right strategy to adopt; as the world’s population grows, a new food source is required, and bugs are already squirming around on every continent and in every climate. It makes sense to embrace entomophagy, the practice of raising insects as food, on a global scale.

But many people don’t want to be in the same room as bugs, let alone eat them, which is why Soares is attempting to disguise bug paste inside 3D printed designs that look like fancy, futuristic wafers shaped like honeycombs and durians.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read more.

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January 24, 2014

Watch NASA's 3-D Pizza Printer Make A (Sort Of) Tasty-Looking Pizza

Last spring, Anjan Contractor, Senior Mechanical Engineer at Systems and Materials Research Corporation (SMRC), made headlines for his NASA-funded plan to build a prototype of a 3-D food printer that can make pizza.

FastCompany now links to a video of Contractor's prototype in action.

Read full article.

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January 16, 2014

Coming Soon to 3D Printing: Hershey Chocolate

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According to The Wall Street Journal, Hershey and 3D Systems reached a multiyear joint development agreement to explore and develop ways to use 3-D printing technology to produce edible foods, including confectionary treats.

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January 2, 2014

3D Printing Food May Come To Restaurants Soon If Pasta Leader Barilla Has Its Way

foto_3D_printer_240.jpg Italian food corporation Barilla is looking to incorporate the innovative method into its pasta production "as soon as possible." This would mean the world's top pasta seller could print 15-20 pieces of pasta every two minutes using a 3D printing machine, according to International Digital Times.

quotemarksright.jpgBarilla has reportedly been working with TNO Eindhoven for over two years in order to design the "perfect pasta printer" that can be used in restaurants internationally. The goal is to blend fine cooking and 3D printing aspects in order to quickly and efficiently produce custom-designed pasta noodles. Barilla believes 3D printing pasta could deliver customers a fresh dish in merely minutes, according to Geek.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

Related:

-- World’s biggest pasta maker wants restaurants to 3D print your food — with their cartridges

-- Order 3D Printed Pasta At Google’s Cafeterias

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December 13, 2013

New 3D Printer, Foodini, Lets Home Cooks Print Everything From 'Chocolate Fingers to Ravioli'

safe_image.jpg Barcelona-based 3D printing startup, Natural Machines, unveiled the Foodini, which researchers say is a device that combines "technology, food, art and design" and can be used to make "anything from chocolate fingers to ravioli." FoodWorldNews reports.

quotemarksright.jpgAccording to Natural Machines, Foodini is a prototype 3D printer that allows to cook to create "perfected formed meals." To operate, users combine up to six different ingredients at a time then press a push button. Food comes out of the nozzle in "precisely programmed shapes." The miniature oven shaped product, is useful in other tasks, such as decorating cakes.

Foodini is operated by a touch-screen mini tablet that functions the device. Users can choose anything from print to design.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article. You can see other things that they've made — like pizza — on their Facebook page.

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October 23, 2013

A new era for 3D printed food thanks to Natural Machines 3D printer

logo.png 3D-printed food hasn’t gone much further than chocolate, but a Barcelona-based startup called Natural Machines is working on a 3D printer that will be able to produce pasta, bread, and other food item that starts out as a dough, paste or stiff liquid. The breakthrough could be the start of a new era for 3D printing and the possible foods it can produce. PSFK reports.

quotemarksright.jpgUnlike other 3-D printers, the startup’s device can print using six different materials instead of just one, which allows much more complicated foods to be made. There is even a heater built in to the printer which keeps the food warm during the printing process.

The idea behind the invention is that foodie geeks will be able to set the machine up before they go to work, and have their foodstuff of choice ready for when they get home. More ambitious plans also include meals that can be made with ingredients from specialist food stores, which is why the company is working with chefs to try and figure what will work with the machine.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read more.

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October 11, 2013

Watch a 3D printer make a pizza while you wait

The printer is suspended over a heated surface that cooks the printed pie, making it ready to eat. Well, if it wasn’t covered in ketchup. The entire process only takes a few minutes, though the resulting pizza is a little on the small side.

The pizza printer on display here can’t handle any other toppings at the moment, but maybe one day its descendants will be more capable. Perhaps in the future you won’t even order pizza anymore — you’ll just have the recipe sent to your 3D food printer.

[via Geek.com]

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September 20, 2013

Would you eat 3D-printed meat? 7 vegetarians and vegans reflect

andrasforgacs_cow-cells_slide_586x357.jpg In August, the first lab-grown beefburger was cooked and tasted in London. The verdict? “[It tasted] like an animal protein cake, said Josh Schonwald, author of The Taste of Tomorrow and one of the “lucky” few to taste the $330,000 morsel of petri dish meat. [via TED blog]

quotemarksright.jpgThe future of slaughter-less meat is not far off. In fact, scientists project it could be in the aisles of our supermarkets in 10 to 20 years.

In a TED talk, Andras Forgacs, CEO and co-founder of Modern Meadow, explains the process of biofabrication and asks an interesting question: “What if, instead of starting with a complex, sentient animal, we started with what the tissues are made of, the basic unit of life, the cell?” Biofabrication, he says, signals the rise of a new industry that is both sustainable and humane and could radically change a society and environment shaped by the consumption of animals.

Yet, there are still many questions left unanswered. Would printed meat circumvent religious dietary rulings? Would it be considered Kosher or Halal? PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is positive about the future of lab-grown meat. So much so, it is offering a $1 million dollar reward to the first person to make commercially viable in vitro chicken meat by March 1, 2014.

And how about vegetarians? How might they feel about a new dietary prospect? We asked 7 TED vegetarians to consider the scenario of lab-grown meat. Here are their thoughts.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article. Watch Andras Forgacs' TED Talk.

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June 4, 2013

Why NASA Just Spent $125,000 To Fund A 3-D Pizza Printer Prototype

smrc-3d-printer-schematic.jpg The space agency made a splash with its headline-friendly plan to print pizzas in space. But what exactly does the ability to create food for astronauts mean for our plans for exploring the galaxy? FastCompany reports.

quotemarksright.jpgEarlier this month, Quartz broke the news that Systems & Materials Research Corporation received a $125,000 grant to spend six months building a prototype of a 3-D food printer--one that will be able to print out a tasty pizza before venturing on to other food items. I spoke to NASA to find out more about its interest in the technology.

The pizza printer is the brainchild of Anjan Contractor, a mechanical engineer at Systems & Materials who has long worked on 3-D printing technologies. According to his NASA proposal, the printer spits out starches, proteins, fats, texture, and structure, while the inkjet sprays on flavor, smell, and micronutrients.

Food on long-haul space flights needs to meet a slew of requirements. It needs to have a five-year shelf life, perhaps most importantly. But there are other issues it needs to address. "This is the only food that the crew members will have, so it needs to maintain its nutrition content for the length of the mission, and it has to be acceptable. If they don’t want to eat it, they won’t eat enough," explains Grace Douglas, an Advanced Food Technology Project Scientist at NASA.

3-D printed food is one of a handful of options that NASA is looking at.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

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May 31, 2013

3D-printed sugar could be icing on the cake for kitchens of the future

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A Los Angeles husband-and-wife team are adapt 3D printing to explore the 'intersection between technology, food and art'. The Guardian reports.

quotemarksright.jpgKyle and Liz von Hasseln have adapted the technology to design, digitally model and print original sugar sculptures – frosting – for confectionary, turning their company, The Sugar Lab, into a thriving business.

"It's such an exciting intersection between technology, food, and art. We've been getting excited reactions from all over the world," Liz von Hasseln said on Thursday. "When you see a 3D-printed sugar sculpture that's unlike any food you've seen before, its immediately clear that a whole new set of possibilities has opened up."

3D printing transforms sugar into a structural, sculptural element that can interact with food on different terms, said Liz. "It can be used to sweeten or to ornament, but it can also start to define the form of the food instead of the other way around, or even to support it structurally.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

Related: - Husband And Wife Architects Create The Sugar Lab, A Foundry For 3D Printed Sweets

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May 21, 2013

The audacious plan to end hunger with 3-D printed food and there will be pizza on Mars


smrc-3d-printer-schematic.jpg According to Quartz, Systems & Materials Research Corporation, just got a six month, $125,000 grant from NASA to create a prototype of his universal food synthesizer.

quotemarksright.jpgAnjan Contractor, a mechanical engineer with a background in 3D printing, envisions a much more mundane—and ultimately more important—use for the technology.

He sees a day when every kitchen has a 3D printer, and the earth’s 12 billion people feed themselves customized, nutritionally-appropriate meals synthesized one layer at a time, from cartridges of powder and oils they buy at the corner grocery store. Contractor’s vision would mean the end of food waste, because the powder his system will use is shelf-stable for up to 30 years, so that each cartridge, whether it contains sugars, complex carbohydrates, protein or some other basic building block, would be fully exhausted before being returned to the store.

... Contractor's initial grant from NASA, under its Small Business Innovation Research program, is for a system that can print food for astronauts on very long space missions. For example, all the way to Mars.

... Pizza is an obvious candidate for 3D printing because it can be printed in distinct layers, so it only requires the print head to extrude one substance at a time. Contractor’s “pizza printer” is still at the conceptual stage, and he will begin building it within two weeks. It works by first “printing” a layer of dough, which is baked at the same time it’s printed, by a heated plate at the bottom of the printer. Then it lays down a tomato base, “which is also stored in a powdered form, and then mixed with water and oil,” says Contractor.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

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February 7, 2013

Feeding the Final Frontier: 3-D Printers Could Make Astronaut Meals

Scallop-Shuttle-deep-fried1.jpeg Sooner than you think, 3-D printed designer meals may be coming to a rocketship, or a restaurant, near you. Wired reports.

quotemarksright.jpgRight now, astronauts on the space station are eating the same seven days of food on rotations of two or three weeks,” said astronautical engineer Michelle Terfansky, who studied the potential and challenges of making 3-D printed food in space for a master’s thesis at the University of Southern California. “It gets the job done, but it’s not exactly home cooking.”

The Fab@Home team at Cornell University has developed gel-like substances called hydrocolloids that can be extruded and built up into different shapes. By mixing in flavoring agents, they can produce a range of tastes and textures.

The ability to 3-D print meals could be particularly handy on long-duration space missions, said Terfansky.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

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January 25, 2013

Fab Cafe in Tokyo Preps Sweet 3D Chocolate Printing Workshop in Time for Valentine’s Day

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Because on Valentine’s Day in Japan it is customary for women to give chocolate to men, Fab Cafe Tokoy is planning on holding a series of workshops for women before February 14, where they can learn to make 3D chocolates modeled from their own face using a 3D printer and scanner.

[via TechInAsia]

Related article in The Guardian.

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January 21, 2013

First lab-grown hamburger to cost $395,000

Researchers are focusing their efforts on a more efficient (and less costly) way of producing artificial meat. We shouldn't be expecting it in our supermarkets for another 15 to 20 years.

Watch the video below on artificial meat at If Conference in London, courtesy of 3Ders.Org.

Related:

-- Andras Forgacs, CEO of Modern Medow answers questions about 3D printed meat on Reddit. "What is the input , what is the output ? Explain like I am five, for 1 kg of meat , what is needed ?"

-- A very thorough article from the BBC on US start-up Modern Meadow, which believes it can make artificial raw meat using a 3D bioprinter.

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November 21, 2012

3D printing food at home in 15 years using 'alternate ingredients: grass, insects, duckweed, beat leafs...

In a Twitter interview #AskFuturist today, followedby1d asked: "When will we be able to download food from the internet?" 3ders.org reports.

quotemarksright.jpgCisco futurist Dave Evans said:"Not food, but the recipes to print food. Roughly 15 year horizon, but prototypes now." Evans predicted that in 15 years we will be able to "print" food. quotesmarksleft.jpg

In the video above, "3D Printing: now printing food too" made by TNO Research, are listed alternate ingredients to print 3D food: grass, algae, lupine seeds, insects, duckweed and beat leafs. Food can be made into new shapes, new structures, new textures and new flavors.

Really, that's what we'll be eating in 15 years?

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November 18, 2012

Video: 3D Printing Chocolate

Watch video of a chocolate 3D printer in action. [via 3D Printing Industry]

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November 5, 2012

3D printed vegan Kosher Moebius bacon

3Dprintedkosherbacon.jpg After 3D printed meat and chocolate, Cory Doctorow reports on 3D bacon on boingboing.

quotemarksright.jpgFinally it is possible, infinite 3D printed bacon from Shapeways 3D printers with the Bacon Mobius Strip that is not delicious but also vegan and kosher friendly.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Watch video.

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September 11, 2012

Cornell's New 3-D Printer Lets You Print Food in Any Shape and Texture

cornell-3d-food-printer2.jpeg The Cornell Creative Machines Lab has invented a 3-D printer that not only allows you to print food, but lets you create almost any design imaginable with your favorite ingredients. inhabitat reports.

quotemarksright.jpg Working with experts from the French Culinary Institute, Cornell’s new technology may soon be available for chefs and home use, allowing enterprising cooks to customize new and interesting dishes with healthier ingredients

We’ve seen a similar concept designed by a pair of students at MIT, but this ready made design takes things to a whole new level.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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April 15, 2012

Cornell Scientists Print The Future Of Food

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Articles on 3D printing of food:

-- 3D printed meat: It's what's for dinner - Cnet.

quotemarksright.jpgPeter Thiel's philanthropic foundation gives up to $350,000 to a company named Modern Meadow, which plans to use 3D bioprinting to create an "edible prototype" that's a meat replacement.quotesmarksleft.jpg

-- MIT's food printer - Make:

quotemarksright.jpgCornucopia: Digital Gastronomy is a project by two grad students working in MIT’s Fluid Interfaces Group. The goal: a consumer-friendly machine that prints food.

Cornucopia is a concept design for a personal food factory that brings the versatility of the digital world to the realm of cooking. In essence, it is a three dimensional printer for food, which works by storing, precisely mixing, depositing and cooking layers of ingredients.quotesmarksleft.jpg

-- The printed future of Christmas dinner - BBC.

quotemarksright.jpgThe team at Cornell University's Computational Synthesis Lab (CCSL) are building a 3D food printer, as part of the bigger Fab@Home project, which they hope one day will be as commonplace as the microwave oven or blender.

Just pop the raw food "inks" in the top, load the recipe - or 'FabApp' - and the machine would do the rest.

... People lacking even basic culinary skills could download the recipe files of master chefs or print out nutrition-packed dishes recommended by their doctors.

Chefs could also create new foodstuffs and customizable menus for fussy customers.quotesmarksleft.jpg

-- PayPal Founder Backs Synthetic Meat Printing Company - Wired.

quotemarksright.jpgThe Thiel Foundation has made a six-figure grant to a series of biotechnology startups, including a company that wants to 3-D-print meat.

The company claims that by carefully layering mixtures of cells of different types in a specific structure, in-vitro meat production becomes feasible. It’s set a short-term goal of printing a sliver of meat around two centimeters by one centimeter, and less than half a millimeter thick, which is edible.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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April 9, 2012

The Delicious Future: 3D Chocolate Printer Finally Available for Purchase

3dchocolate.jpeg The concept of this 3D chocolate printer is not new. What is new is that this whimsical 3D chocolate printer from the masterminds at Choc Edge has finally become available to the masses. TIME Techland reports.

quotemarksright.jpgTIME Techland wrote about it last year, and even linked to “edible chocolate structures” created as far back as 2007. If you can print plastic-like 3D objects, why not print 3D food objects? The technology isn’t quite advanced enough to easily create things from complex materials, but it can be used with simple foodstuffs like chocolate.

What is new is that this whimsical 3D chocolate printer from the masterminds at Choc Edge has finally become available to the masses. The Choc Creator Version 1, as it’s called, isn’t exactly cheap – 3D printing in general is still a bit on the expensive side – but can pre-order a unit for £2,488 (about $3,500) if you’re one of the first 90 people to do so.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read more.

Related: - World's first chocolate printer [Youtube video]

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